Despite 5-game losing streak, Matt Eberflus sees Bears setting a foundation for future


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- The Bears are 3-9, have lost five straight games and are currently in line to land the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft. They're a struggling team in Matt Eberflus’ first season as a head coach and a group that's desperate for a breakthrough.

Despite the Bears’ continued slide and their clear talent deficiency on each side of the football, Eberflus is confident in the direction of his team. He sees progress being made as Chicago builds for what it hopes is a brighter future.

“That’s about building a foundation,” Eberflus said. “It’s for everybody in the room. All the young players that just started out this year, it’s for Justin (Fields), it’s for all the guys we acquired, I think they’re doing a good job with that.

“Building a foundation for your organization, for your football team is huge. Because you have to lay that foundation of what the standards are, how we operate, how we practice, how we go about our business, how we treat each other in the building, how we respect each other in the building, and that creates high morale.

"That foundation is what you stand on. You stand on the effort, the intensity, the things that we stand on, the principles. And the standard is for everybody. The standard that’s for Justin Fields is the same for the guy on the back end of the roster. It’s the same, how we operate. That to me is important.”

Eberflus was hired by the Bears in late January and tasked with helping lead the franchise through a difficult rebuild. His goal was to reset the team’s culture as first-year general manager Ryan Poles has overhauled the roster they inherited.

The Bears (3-9) host the Packers (4-8) on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.

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